Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Jack Kerouac's Big Sur (by Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard)

(Bixby Bridge - Big Sur - California)

This song "Big Sur" is from the album/documentary One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur  by Jay Farrar (Son Volt) and Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie).

The lyrics are based on the prose of Jack Kerouac's novel Big Sur (1962). One Fast Move or I'm Gone was a result of Gibbard's and Farrar's mutual appreciation for Kerouac's work while recording several songs for a feature-length documentary of the same name. Every song on this album is beautiful, sad, melancholy, happy all in one. Like Kerouac -- a beautiful tragic comedy.

If you've ever been to Big Sur, this song will tune into that special place in your heart. That dark cabin under the Bixby Bridge with waves crashing, saying your name and whispering secrets to you.

Favorite line:

I'm just a sick clown, and so is everybody else
In Big Sur
In Big Sur



Sittin' down with warm glow woodstove and kerosene
Peace you're lookin' for
Peace you'll find
In the tanglement cliff sides and crashin' down
Of Big Sur
Of Big Sur

Rapturous ring of silence, Pacific fury
Crashing on the rocks
Sea shroud towers
The innocence of health and stillness in the wild
Of Big Sur
Of Big Sur

This whole surface of the world
As we know it now
Will be covered with the silt of a billion years in time

I see as much as doors will allow
A long way from
The Beat Generation
Here comes the nightly mark to his nightly death
In Big Sur
In Big Sur

The best thing to do is not be false
Rocks of the valley
Have left no hall of complaints
I'm just a sick clown, and so is everybody else
In Big Sur
In Big Sur

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